Latin Phrases and Quotes
Latin is not a dead language. Here you can find hundreds of Latin
phrases that are still in used today.
- Plus aequo - More than just
- Plus minusve - More or less (Legal term)
- Plus petitio - Additional amount than requested (Legal term)
- Plus potest qui plus valet - Who can do more is stronger (Motto of Valentines)
- Plus ratio quam vis - Reason can do more than force.
- Plus ultra - Beyond (Motto of Spain)
- Poenitentia Gloriosa - Glorious Penitence (Pope Alexander VIII (1689-1691) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
- Poeta nascitur, non fit - The poet is born, is not mad
- Pontifex Maximus - Supreme Pontiff (abbreviated as P.m )
- Popule meus, quid feci tibi? - My people, what have you done?
- Populorum progressio - The development of the people (Encyclical written by Pope Paul VI)
- Populus me sibilat at mihi plaudo Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca - People hiss at me, but I applaude myself in my own house, and at the same time contemplate the money in my chest (Horace - Satire - on greed)
- Porro unum est necessarium - Only one thing is necessary (Latin Vulgate Bible - Said by Jesus Christ)
- Posse Comitatus - Force of the County (Legal Term - Common Law)
- Possunt quia posse videntur - They can, because they think they can (Virgil)
- Post caritas Pestum - After charity plague
- Post coitum tristitia - After intercourse sadness
- Post Data - After the date (Compare with Post Scriptum - Used in correspondence when a comment is added on a different day - abbreviated as PD)
- Post festum - After the party (too late)
- Post festum, pestum - After the holiday, plague.
- Post hoc, ergo propter hoc - After this, therefore as consequence of (Philosophical term used in logic - indicates a fallacy in reasoning, the preceding events could be irrelevant to the supposed effect)
- Post imbren nescitur herba; post postrivium, verba - After the rain the grass grows, after the wine, the words.
- Post Meridiem - Past Meridian (Afternoon after 12:00 - abbreviated as PM)
- Post mortem - After the death (Autopsy)
- Post mortem nihil est - After death there’s nothing
- Post mortem nihil, ipsaque mors nihil - After the death nothing, death itself is nothing (Seneca)
- Post Nubila Phoebus - After darkness theres light (Motto of the University of Zulia in Venezuela)
- Post partum - After delivery
- Post pisces nux sit, post carnes caseus adsit - After fish, nuts; After the of meat, cheese (Medical advise to separate these foods)
- Post Scriptum - Written after (Compare with Post Data - Used in correspondence when a comment is added later on the same day - abbreviated as PS)
- Post tenebras lux - The light after darkness
- Post tenebras spero lucem - I hope there’s light after darkness (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Motto of Don Quixote of the Mancha. In his shield next to a falcon and a lion)
- Postmoerium - After the wall (hence "pomerium or pomoerium", which was the border of the holy city of Rome)
- Potes currere sed te occulere non potes - You can run, but not hide
- Potestas omnium rerum - Extraordinary powers (Legal term)
- Potius mori quam foedari - Die before tarnishing the honor
- Prae manibus - The scope of the hand (at hand)
- Praeceptores suos adulescens veneratur et suspicit - The young man respected and admired his teachers
- Praeclarius est id virtutem assequi - Much more is to achieve this excellent virtue (Motto of the family Bruguera)
- Praecursor Siciliae - A Fore-Runner from Sicily (Pope Innocent VIII (1484-1492) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
- Praefectus annonae - Prefect of supplies to the city.
- Praefectus praetorio - Prefect of the Praetorian
- Praefectus urbi - Rome Prefect.
- Praefectus vigilium - Prefect of vigilance (police and fire).)
- Praeferre patriam liberis parentes decet - Should prefer freedom more than parents
- Praerogativa - Prerogative (Privilege)
- Praescriptio longi temporis - Possession by prescriptive right (Legal term)
- Praesente cadavere - With this corpse present (Legal term)
- Praeterea censeo Carthaginem esse delendam - Furthermore, I remain of the view that we should destroy Carthage (Marco Porcia Cato, Political and General Roman Censor 234-149 BC - He said this phrase after of all his speaches)
- Praetor a suis volebat amari - The magistrate wanted to be loved by his family
- Praetor urbanus - Urban magistrate.
- Praetus peregrinus - Peregrine praetor (Legal term - Manager of the administration of justice among people of various nationalities)
- Pretium Confessus - Price of confesion
- Pretium Doloris - Price of pain
- Pretium iustum mathematicum licet soli Deo notum - The price depends on many circumstances that only God knows
- Pretium Vilis - Low price
- Prima cratera ad sitim pertinet, secunda ad hilaritatem, tertia ad voluptatem, quarta ad insaniam - The first cup is for the thirst, the second for the joy, the third for pleasure, the fourth to the madness
- Prima Facie - At first sight
- Prima luce - First light (at dawn)
- Prima non datur et ultima dispensatur - The first is not given and last is forgiven
- Primo mihi - First for me.
- Primo occupandi - To the first occupant
- Primo sic - In first place, like this.
- Primum non nocere - First, do no harm
- Primum non nocere - The first thing is to do no harm (Medical term is applied when you have to take a decision on a patient, so that the benefit is greater than the damage it can do)
- Primum vivere, deinde philosophari! - Live first and philosophize later (Philosophical term)
- Primus circumdedisti me - First to surround (Motto inscribed on the coat of arms of Juan Sebastian Elcano, who accompanied navigator Ferdinand Magellan in the first voyage around the world - Today is the name of the school-ship of the Spanish Armada)
- Primus inter pares - First among equals
- Primus millum paxarorum est - The first corn is for the bird
- Primus pilus prior - Primary of the first cohort (Senior Centurion of a legion)
- Princeps civium - The first of the citizens (title used by the emperor Octavian Caesar Augustus )
- Principiis obsta - Resist at the beginning (Withstand the first approaches or encroachments)
- Principium importans ordinem ad actum - Principle governing the act
- Prior in tempore, potior in iure - First in time, best in the Law (Legal term)
- Prius est esse - Before is being
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